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Butterfly Bannerstone

Arts of the Americas

On View: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, The Americas’ First Peoples, 4000 B.C.E.–1521 C.E.
Bannerstones

In the woodlands regions of North America, stone and quartzes were materials used extensively for ritual and utilitarian items. A bannerstone likely had a practical function as a counterweight on an atlatl, a long wooden shaft with a hooked end that was used to add power to a hunter’s arm when throwing a spear. The bannerstone’s wings may have provided balance. Bannerstones are often found far from stone sources, indicating they were part of a large trade network.
MEDIUM Stone
DATES 4000-2000 B.C.E.
PERIOD Late Archaic Period
DIMENSIONS 3 1/8 x 1 x 4 1/2 in. (7.9 x 2.5 x 11.4 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
EXHIBITIONS
ACCESSION NUMBER 77.30.2
CREDIT LINE A. Augustus Healy Fund
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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 <em>Butterfly Bannerstone</em>, 4000-2000 B.C.E. Stone, 3 1/8 x 1 x 4 1/2 in. (7.9 x 2.5 x 11.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, A. Augustus Healy Fund, 77.30.2. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 77.30.2_bw.jpg)